Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year. Pumpkins, witch hats, and the monster mash are here! But perhaps the most spook-tacular part of Halloween, is the free candy. And regardless of how old you are, you know you love it.
For families and children, Halloween is a day of spooky fun. But it’s also important to be mindful of health and safety. Here are some tips on how to do that.
How to check your children’s candy
- To prevent your kids from eating unchecked candy while out trick-or-treating, be sure to feed them a snack before they head out to collect treats. Remind them to wait until they are home and after you’ve inspected their candy before they eat any.
- Make sure your kids don’t accept, or eat treats that aren’t commercially packaged and sealed. Always check commercially packed candy for an tampering, pinholes, tears in wrapping, or unusual wrapping. Toss anything that looks suspicious.
- If your children have any food allergies, be sure to filter out any candy or baked goods that could be harmful to them.
- If you have small children, take out any candy that could be a choking hazard. Such items could range from peanuts, gum, small candies or toys.
The importance of dental hygiene
Even though your children (and you) will probably consume some sort of candy or sweet during Halloween, it’s likely kids will have candy that lasts longer than that. Which is why it’s important to make sure your children brush their teeth after eating any candy, and especially before bed. Flossing is also recommended to help prevent cavities.
Everyone should be brushing their teeth twice a day, but after a holiday like Halloween, it’s especially important to stay on top of your kids’ oral hygiene. Be sure to also take them to their annual teeth cleaning appointment. If you don’t have access to dental care, you can schedule an appointment with Apicha CHC.
Free Halloween (and kid-friendly) events in NYC
Even though Halloween is just one night, there are still plenty of other ways to celebrate Halloween and the fall season. From pumpkin patches to dog costume competitions, we gathered some of New York City’s free events for you and your family to attend this year.
Evening Cocktail & Craft: Pumpkin Carving: Head to the Queens Botanical Garden on Thursday, October 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to enjoy some fall-inspired cocktails and pumpkin-flavored beer while you carve pumpkins. This event is 21+ only. You can register for the event here.
Super Sabado: Día de los Muertos: On Saturday, October 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., folks can celebrate the 3,000 year old Mexican tradition of remembering and honoring loved ones who have passed away. The event is free and will be held at El Museo del Barrio, on 1230 Fifth Avenue.
Halloween Festival in Queens: Join in on Halloween festivities Saturday, October 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for day of fun activities including crafts, inflatables, face painting, games, a pumpkin patch, FDNY Smoke House, NYPD Rock Wall, Kids Costume parade, music and more! This event is free, and will be held Juniper Valley Park (at the 80th Street entrance).
HRPK's Fall Fest 2018: On Sunday, October 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., head to Hudson River Park's Pier 25 for lots of kid-friendly activities, including pumpkin painting, carnival rides, cotton candy, magic shows, and more! This event is free.
Haunted Lantern Tour: Held on Friday, October 26, the Haunted Lantern Tours will take folks on a tour of Water Battery at Fort Totten Park, blending the Halloween and history, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Halloween Festival: Yes, another one! On Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., head to Harlem Grown 131st Street Farm for family-friendly activities such as face painting, spooky arts and crafts, cooking demo, and a haunted hoop house! Of course, there will be plenty of healthy treats! This event is free.
13th Annual Halloween Party & Parade: On Sunday, October 28 , from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., bring the whole family to Mother Cabrini Playground for Urban Meadow's 13th Annual Halloween Party and Parade. Come in costume and bring your instruments. Marching will commence around 11:00 a.m. This event is free.
Petrified Park Halloween Event: On October 31 (aka Halloween), add the Patchen Community Square in Brooklyn from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to your trick-or-treating route. The Patchen Community Square Garden will be participating in the Stuyvesant Heights Halloween Tour as the Petrified Park, and will be handing out candy and having a few activities for trick-or-treaters. This event is free.
For more Halloween events, check out the NYC Parks Events website. Happy Halloween!